Opportunities for Alignment of Sustainability and Financial Reporting Standards

Opportunities for Alignment of Sustainability and Financial Reporting Standards

GRI welcomes further appointments to the IFRS sustainability board
GRI's Eelco van der Eeden is seeking alignment with new ISSB
GRI's Eelco van der Eeden is seeking alignment with new ISSB

GRI's Eelco van der Eeden is seeking alignment with new ISSB

Friday, January 28, 2022 - 11:25am

CAMPAIGN: Empowering Sustainable Decisions

CONTENT: Press Release

January 28, 2022 /3BL Media/ - Following confirmation of two senior appointments to the IFRS International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB), GRI – the provider of the world’s most widely used sustainability reporting standards – has reaffirmed its commitment to collaborating with the newly established body.

On 28 January, the IFRS Foundation announced that Sue Lloyd has become vice chair of the ISSB, and Janine Guillot (CEO of the Value Reporting Foundation) will be a special advisor to the chair, Emmanuel Faber.

Eelco van der Enden, CEO of GRI, said:

“I warmly welcome Sue Lloyd and Janine Guillot to these roles with the ISSB. Sue Lloyd brings a wealth of experience in standard setting to the ISSB, which complements Janine’s extensive knowledge of enterprise value reporting. Through her leadership positions with SASB, GRI has regularly and constructively worked with Janine over years, which I am sure will continue. I also look forward to discussions in the near future with Sue Lloyd, and Emmanuel Faber, on how our two organizations can align to improve corporate transparency.

To do so will require stronger financial disclosure that reflects sustainability risks, as the ISSB is setting out to achieve, along with wide-ranging reporting on sustainability impacts, as enabled by the GRI Standards. If businesses are to be held accountable and meet the transparency expectations of their stakeholders, comprehensive reporting against both of these pillars is a prerequisite. I am confident that GRI and the ISSB can collaborate to achieve these aims.”

The first issue of a new briefing series on the ‘The GRI Perspective’ published on 24 January. A business case for environment & society clarifies GRI’s position in the reporting landscape, including in relation to developments by the IFRS and European Union.

In December, GRI responded to the appointment of Mr. Faber as the inaugural chair of the ISSB.

Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is the independent, international organization that helps businesses and other organizations take responsibility for their impacts, by providing the global common language to report those impacts. The GRI Standards are developed through a multi-stakeholder process and provided as a free public good.